Our Leaders

Shared Leadership

New Life’s leadership structure can be best described as Shared Leadership.   This is different from a flat leadership approach as well a hierarchal leadership structure.  For a brief explanation of this leadership example, watch this video of our founding pastor JR Woodward, who wrote a book on Creating a Missional Culture.

Along with Shared Leadership, we look at Ephesians chapter 4 as a primary description of how leaders are equippers in 5 different areas of giftings.  It is the work of the leadership team to equip the church as every one of us live out our calling both individually and together as  a church.  JR Woodward gives a great 3 minute overview of the 5 different equipping gifts within a church.

Pastor/Staff Team

KatiMinistry Support – Kati Williams

Kati supports our women’s ministries and discipleship, hospitality, missions to Ukraine and coordinates our American Heritage Girls Troop.




Children’s Director – Jeanette Staats

Jeanette keeps the kids happy (and the parents!) by leading our New Life Kids! program each Sunday.  She also works closely with our campus congregation.  Read more about Jeanette.




Pastor – Joe Racek

Joe has been serving in ministry for over 22 years and loves serve as a local (parish) pastor.  Read his full bio here.






Pastor – Steve Englund

Steve has been a part of our team since mid-2015.  He currently serves with overseeing our Sunday gathering teams, events, and discipleship.